April 30th, the calendar of curious holidays around the world is about nothing less than the truth. At least when it comes American US for our neighbors that this date as their national day of honesty (English. National Honesty Day ) celebrations. This article tries to tell what this is all about and why this day of action deserves a permanent place in the collection of the curious World Days. So why should we be honest on the last day of April?
Who started National Honesty Day?
In contrast to many other curious holidays, in the case of the US American National Honesty Day there is a whole range of background information about who started it, since when it has been celebrated and why its inventor is on today’s 30th of all times April has decided.
This is actually the first hint, because this local variant of the Honesty Day was initiated by the American author M. Hirsh Goldberg in the late 1980s and early 1990s. If one can believe the traditional reports and Goldberg himself, the idea for this curious holiday stems from his research for the book The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives (William Morrow & Co 1990).
Why the corresponding Wikipedia entry only mentions 1991 as the year of publication is a mystery to me. The sources are quite clear in this regard.
Why does the US celebrate Honesty Day on April 30th?
Anyway, the core thesis of Goldberg’s work is that the lie has played a central role since the beginning of human cultural history. In other words, since humans have existed, people have lied to their hearts every day.
To counteract this, today’s National Honesty Day should be understood as a complementary holiday to April 1st, which is also the reason for choosing the date. The matching counterpart, so to speak, which is primarily intended to focus on truth, honesty and sincerity, but this date is also to be understood as a reference to the inauguration of the first US President George Washington on April 30, 1789.
In this respect it seems no real substantive reference to also celebrated today the Dutch Queen’s Day (dt. Queen or Queen’s Day) or the World Day of Jazz (Engl. International Jazz Day) or the US Raisin Day (Engl. National Raisin Day), the hairdressers’ day of honor (National Hairstylist Appreciation Day) or the day of the oatmeal cookie day (National Oatmeal Cookie Day).
For National Honesty Day: M. Hirsh Goldberg and the annual Honest Abe Awards
Goldberg also uses this date to present the so-called Honest Abe Awards every year. These Abies are awarded to people, companies and institutions that have distinguished themselves through particular honesty. Of course, references to particularly brazen liars should not be missing in the context of the annual award ceremonies.
Goldberg has occasionally been accused of having invented the National Honesty Day and the Honest Abe Awards as just marketing for his books and publications. Others see it as a fight for a good cause. It is not for nothing that this day of action is often seen as an invitation to take action against the great political lies of history and, above all, to remind politicians of their obligation to be honest.
International holidays for honesty
If one goes to the background of the National Honesty Day, a whole series of references to other international variants can be found in the course of the research. In Australia, for example, there is a National Honesty Day on October 23 and in Italy a so-called National Truth Day is always celebrated on the last Sunday before Christmas in December. Curious side note: Canadians celebrate this on April 1st. A rogue who thinks evil. 😉
In this sense: Better to stick to the truth today.
National Honesty Day: honesty Quotes
1. “To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” – Confucius
2. “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. “Truth builds trust.” – Marilyn Suttle
4. “If you keep hiding your true self, your life becomes like slow death. Once you become free from the lies and the hiding of yourself, then life becomes vibrant again.” – Ziggy Marley
5. “If we, as humans, are honest with ourselves, we will, with clarity and serenity, admit that we are failures.” – Kapil Gupta
6. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.” – Winston Churchill
7. “When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.” – Shannon L. Alder
8. “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde
9. “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” – Sophocles
10. “Create from the heart to produce something meaningful. Speak from the heart to build solid relationships. Live from the heart to have a beautiful life.” – Maxime Lagacé
11. “The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others.” – 14th Dalai Lama
12. “We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
13. “Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.” – Bell Hooks
14. “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.” – Aristotle
15. “If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” – Marcus Aurelius
16. “If you want to get free, you have to first get honest.” – Joyce Meyer
17. “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” – Ernest Hemingway
18. “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.” – Henry Louis Mencken
19. “Each time we don’t say what we wanna say, we’re dying.” – Yoko Ono
20. “There is one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says ‘yes’, you know he is crooked.” – Groucho Marx
21. “Be honest with yourself. Base your preferences and beliefs on your deepest sense of self. Don’t be swayed by social pressures or a need for affirmation. Uncover your purest ‘you’ through questioning yourself and challenging yourself.” – DailyZen
22. “It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.” – 14th Dalai Lama
23. “Just try, try to be right here, open, honest, straight.” – Ram Dass
24. “Be kind and honest, and harmful poisons will turn sweet inside you.” – Rumi
25. “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.” – Thomas Carlyle
26. “Be honest about where you are at so that you can get to where you want to be.” – Joyce Meyer
27. “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington
28. “The honest man falls prey to guilt and conscience far more often than the dishonest one. Even when he has acted honorably.” – Kapil Gupta
29. “Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.” – Fred Rogers
30. “Spontaneity is total sincerity.” – Alan Watts
31. “A little candor never leaves me. It is what protects me.” – Antonio Porchia
32. “Authenticity is powerful because it is, by definition, impossible to fake. To lead an authentic life is to lead a truly honest life.” – Ed Latimore
33. “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde
34. “Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.” – Kent M. Keith
35. “Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully.” – Maya Angelou